Awards & Nominations

Hilary has received a number of awards and nominations since she started sailing in 2005


  • Winner of the Vitalise “Woman of Achievement” Award, 2009
  • Winner of Breast cancer Breakhrough Aspirational non-celebrity, 2009
  • Winner of the Cosmopolitan Superhero Award – Cosmopolitan Fun & Fearless Women Awards 2007
  • Winner of the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration – Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2005
  • Winner of The Royal Cruising Club’s Seamanship Award 2005
  • Winner of A Woman of the Year 2005-2006 – Women of the Year Charity
  • Winner of Woman of the Year 2006 – New Woman Magazine


  • Shorlisted for ISAF Sailor of the Year Award, 2009
  • Shortlisted for the “Liz Earle Trophy” for Ladies’ day during Cowes Week, 2007 and 2008
  • Morgan Stanley/Telegraph Great Briton 2005 Award
  • Nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2005 (South East Region)

Other Recognition

  • Awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Kent at Canterbury 2007
  • Made a UK Sailing Academy Ambassador 2006